Samsung Galaxy S III Mini (I8190) Review, Mini Size but Expensive

By Gadgetenthusiast | January 27, 2013 | Cell Phones

Samsung Galaxy S III Mini Review, a mini size Galaxy S III but Expensive

Samsung Galaxy S III Mini

Samsung accommodate users who want to have a Samsung Galaxy S III with a low-budget. Through this Samsung Galaxy S III Mini, not just its “Mini” form, but the price isn’t mini (expensive).

Prospect

  • Design exactly Samsung Galaxy S III
  • S-AMOLED screen display
  • Multimedia player with interesting features
  • Additional features typical Samsung Galaxy S III

Constraint

  • Hardware under S III or S II though.
  • Expensive price
  • Dual Core

Design

Dimensions: 121.6 x 63 x 9.9 mm, 111.5 grams; full touchscreen; plastic material; 3.5 mm audio port; power / lock button; nice hole, MicroUSB port; volume rocker (around the phone from the top) 1 and 2 buttons home button tap at the bottom of the screen (menu and back)

Samsung Galaxy S III Mini design

Taking the name of Galaxy S III, obviously this cell phone has a design similar to the Galaxy S III Smartphone. But Samsung makes the size of this Smartphone “mini”. In this mini version Samsung also uses same plastic material. All ports and button layout is still same except that there is a shift here and there.

3.5 mm audio port at the top, the power / lock button on the right. Mic hole and MicroUSB port are located on below and rocker volume on the left side. While the front of the screen Samsung put one home button and two touch buttons at the bottom (menu and back). And on the rear side Samsung puts camera, Speakerphone hole and LED flash.

Display

Super AMOLED capacitive touch screen, 16 million colors, 480 x 800 pixels, 4.0 inches (~ 233 ppi pixel density); multi touch

Of course its small screen is also more narrow, not only narrow, the resolution has also decreased. It will certainly have an impact on the sharpness of the screen which is inferior to the Galaxy S III. However, for cell phones in this class are still reasonable on its class.

Operating System and UI

Jelly Bean Android OS, v4.1.2, TouchWiz UI, UX Nature

Unlike the Galaxy S III which uses the default Ice Cream Sandwich Android OS, the OS version is already carrying  Jelly bean android. However, despite using a different OS, the view there is no difference.

Unfortunately the Galaxy S III Mini animating effects such as surface water when it hits the screen on lockscreen not available on this phone. Luckily Some S III features are still owned by the S III Mini such as Smart stay, S Voice and motion.

Hardware

Dual-core 1 GHz Cortex-A9 processors, NovaThor U8420 chipset, Mali-400 GPU, 1 GB RAM RAM, 8 or 16 GB Internal Storage, MicroSD up to 32GB as an external storage , 1500mAh battery powered

Unfortunately, with the size of the Galaxy S III Mini, the hardware used is also not comparable with the previous S III. With the hardware that’s being used then obviously Samsung Galaxy S III mini can be compared to the Galaxy S Advance.

Not only that, the internal memory options were adjusted based on dimension scale. If the Galaxy S III has a choice of 16, 32 and 64 GB. And as for the Galaxy S III Mini had a choice of 8 and 16 GB only.

Multimedia Player

Pop Up Play, Sound Alive
Like on Galaxy S III, the music player on the S III Mini has the sound Alive feature. It is a kind of equalizer that you can choose to define the bursts of sound character from the speaker phone. Not only that, on the video player there is still have pop up play feature. It allows video to keep running in a small window so that the user can use other functions on the phone.

While S III features that do not exist on  Samsung Galaxy S III Mini is a Live Video List (animated thumbnail) and chapter preview.

Camera

5 MP, 2592×1944 pixels, Autofocus, LED flash, Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection; 720p @ 30fps video recorder; VGA secondary camera

Samsung Galaxy S III Mini has a number of interesting features in the camera sector such as touch focus, smile shot, continuous shot, panorama mode, and the most interesting, users can take pictures and record video at the same time. Unfortunately the HDR feature that previously existed on Samsung Galaxy S III isn’t provided here.

The result is quite good in bright light conditions, or dark. Perhaps this is due to the help of flash light

Browser and Connectivity

GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA 14.4 Mbps, HSUPA 5.76 Mbps; WI-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n, dual-band, DLNA, WI-Fi Direct, WI-Fi hotspot; Bluetooth v4. 0 with A2DP, LE, EDR ; MicroUSB v2.0, S Beam, Multi tabs, Flash player, HTML, bookmarks, history, downloads, pinch zoom, print, share page, incognito, save for offline reading, desktop view

To surf, Samsung Galaxy S III Mini can be  invited to surf  on HSDPA or Wifi. Browser owned by Galaxy S III Mini also comes with a number of interesting features like incognito mode which allows users to surf the internet without leaving any history or cookies on its cell phone.

There are also other features such as save for offline reading where the user can store the desired pages to be accessed even when not connected to the Internet network. It also comes with the Chrome browser that also included in the list of default applications as an alternative.

As for the connectivity options, Samsung Galaxy S III Mini has all the standard connections for middle classes Smartphone. The difference with its predecessor, it was not buried the features  such as NFC, USB On-The-Go and and MHL (Mobile High-Definition Link) that allows mobile phones to be connected to a high definition display devices.

Benchmark

Applications used: Quadrant Standard Edition by Aurora Softwork and Antutu Benchmark  v3 by Antutu 

Samsung Galaxy S III mini benchmark

Test using two applications namely Standart Quadrant and Antutu Benchmarking. With that application Samsung Galaxy S III Mini has scored 2899 on the application Quadrant, Antutu vote was 6771. Reasonable value for the Smartphone on its class.

Conclusion

The Samsung Galaxy S III Mini looks exactly same as the Galaxy S III but made ​​smaller only. But unfortunately the price tag was adopting certainly cannot be compared to its predecessor the Galaxy S III. In fact we call S III Mini, have the same hardware as the Galaxy S Advance, only use Galaxy S III body.

Samsung Galaxy S III Mini Specifications

Disclaimer. We can’t guarantee that the information below is 100% correct.

Processor 1 GHz dual-core Cortex-A9 NovaThor U8420
GPU Mali-400
Operating System Android OS, v4.1 (Jelly Bean)
Memory 1 GB RAM, 8/16 GB internal storage
Expansion Slot microSD, up to 32GB
Display Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
480 x 800 pixels, 4.0 inches (~233 ppi pixel density)
Multitouch support
Network 2G Network : GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network : HSDPA 900 / 1900 / 2100
GPS A-GPS support
Camera 5 MP, 2592×1944 pixels, autofocus, LED flash, Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection
Yes, 720p@30fps Video Recording
VGA Front Facing Camera
Connectivity HSDPA 14.4 Mbps, HSUPA 5.76 Mbps
Bluetooth® v4.0 with A2DP, LE, EDR
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot
MicroUSB v2.0
Audio Speaker
Multimedia Audio File Support : MP3/WAV/eAAC+/AC3/FLAC player
Video File Support : MP4/DivX/XviD/WMV/H.264/H.263 player
Extras SNS integration, Organizer, Image/video editor, Document viewer
Google Search, Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk,
Picasa Voice memo/dial/commands, Predictive text input (Swype)
Battery Standard battery, Li-Ion 1500 mAh
Talk Time Estimated Up to 450 h (2G) / Up to 430 h (3G)
Stand by Time Estimated Up to 14 h 10 min (2G) / Up to 7 h 10 min (3G)
Dimensions 121.6 x 63 x 9.9 mm (4.79 x 2.48 x 0.39 in)
Weight 111.5 g (3.92 oz)
Price $ 330 USD


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